Ben Montgomery
Oct 14, 2021 - Business

These e-boats are made for drivin'

An electric boat being driven in the water.
The Eelex 8000 in the water. Photo courtesy of X Shore

Electric boat-maker X Shore, which debuted in the U.S. at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March, is looking into manufacturing somewhere in America — possibly in Florida.

Why it matters: The company opened its first U.S. logistics office in Sarasota this year and has found "quick demand" in the market for its Eelex 8000 — a high-priced, all-electric boat some call "the Tesla of the Sea."

Screen Time with Erin Meagher

Headshot of Erin Meagher laid over a yellow grid illustration.
Photo Illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Michael McCoy

Erin Meagher is all about putting care into what people consume.

  • She founded Beneficial Blends, a food, beverage, dietary supplement, cosmetic, aromatherapy and CBD product manufacturer that transparently sources its ingredients and partners with causes for positive social impact.

So how does someone like Meagher interact with tech? We asked about her habits.

Ben Montgomery
Oct 12, 2021 - Business

Art of the deal with Gregory Yadley

Headshot of Gregory Yadley inside of an illustration of a briefcase
Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo courtesy of Greg Yadley

Gregory Yadley is on a hot streak. The partner at Shumaker in Tampa recently led a team of lawyers in striking a deal between Schellman & Company and investment funds to start a new venture in IT delivery and cybersecurity compliance services.

So we asked Yadley if he’d share his best advice for finessing a major deal. When the stakes are high, how do you bring two sides together?

Notorious "Bird Man of Tampa Bay" dies

Ralph T. Heath with rescued pelican at Suncoast Bird Sanctuary in 1970.
Ralph T. Heath with rescued pelican at Suncoast Bird Sanctuary in 1970. Photo courtesy of Florida Archives

Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary founder Ralph Heath Jr. died over the weekend, per St. Pete Catalyst. He was 76.

Why it matters: Heath was known for ruffling feathers in both good and bad ways. His wild life story is well worth the read.

Selene San Felice
Sep 1, 2021 - News

Lower import prices give Polk County farmers sour grapes

These are blueberries. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sales of state-grown blueberries and other fresh crops are declining, with Tampa Bay farmers struggling to make a profit, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

Why it matters: Agriculture is the state's second-largest industry, and Florida is one of the top blueberry growers in the nation, according to an annual report released Monday.

Ben Montgomery
Sep 1, 2021 - News

Tampa Bay Times sells printing plant to Alden Global Capital's real estate arm

Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

To pay off debt, the Tampa Bay Times has sold its St. Petersburg printing plant for $21 million to the real estate arm of a hedge fund with a track record of slashing newsrooms across the country.

Yes, but: Times chairperson and CEO Paul Tash said the deal with Alden’s Twenty Lake Holdings was just for the 27-acre property on 34th Street and has nothing to do with the newspaper, which is owned by the Poynter Institute, a non-profit journalism school.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 30, 2021 - News

Tampa tops ranking of emerging U.S. tech cities

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Forbes just named Tampa as the top emerging technology city in the country.

Why it matters: We beat out New York City, Miami, San Francisco and all the other well-known tech hubs.

Why we're #1: We're responsible for more than a quarter of Florida’s tech jobs, and more than 2,000 new tech jobs are anticipated this year.

  • High-profile investors like Bill Gates and Jeff Vinik have invested $3.5 billion in our tech-geared real estate projects, like Water Street.
Ben Montgomery
Aug 25, 2021 - News

How Tampa is using data to better understand its trash

A "Litter Gitter" collects floating trash from a local waterway. Photo courtesy Tampa Bay Estuary Program

To keep trash out of our waterways, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is trying to better understand ... the trash.

What's happening: With a federal grant, TBEP is deploying devices called Litter Gitters into local waterways so they can collect trash floating downstream, 83 Degrees reports.

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